• Neck pain the morning after cycling..1 year 8 weeks agoI dont know enough about bike

    I dont know enough about bike set ups to comment thoroughly but have you thought about going to see a chiropractor ?

    maybe you have a neck / spine problem that the suspension post was masking and the chiropractor may help. It did for me.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 8 weeks agoJeevesBath wrote:unsliced

    JeevesBath wrote:
    unsliced wrote:
    And how long before this kind of report "see, cyclists are boorish even when they mostly get their own way" is used as a reason for not making improvements in this country?

    Surely that is the importance of reporting this type of issue, so that we can see problems coming in advance and take action to avoid them? Getting what you want isn't always a good thing, as some of the cyclists in Copenhagen seem to be discovering.

    Totally agree, we need this sort of article to show its not always hunky dory in the foreign cities often mentioned on this forum as cycling mecca's.

    A note to road.cc - can you find a happy story ? it is starting to get like the bbc / sky news with nothing but doom and gloom.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 8 weeks agounsliced wrote:And how long

    unsliced wrote:
    And how long before this kind of report "see, cyclists are boorish even when they mostly get their own way" is used as a reason for not making improvements in this country?

    Surely that is the importance of reporting this type of issue, so that we can see problems coming in advance and take action to avoid them? Getting what you want isn't always a good thing, as some of the cyclists in Copenhagen seem to be discovering.

  • Surrey council plans to lobby for laws to control sportives and even club runs1 year 8 weeks agoSportives are one thing and

    Sportives are one thing and club runs or group rides are quite another.

    Hundreds of cyclists on one road at any one time is an issue. I have ridden sportives and have enjoyed them but you can't get away with thinking it's not an issue in the way that an extra large or slow moving load is an issue.

    The sportive organisers are also commercial ventures and if you do the maths are making quite a bit out of it. Generally £25 - £30 a rider and they are selling out on events. The New Forest 100 in October had 2500 odd riders per day. That's about £120k in revenue.

    So sportives like firework parties, demos, slow / large loads do need to have some regulation.

    Club runs are a different animal altogether. Different sort of riders generally and different attitude purpose.

    As an aside I was brought up doing club runs back in the 70s. I went on a group ride organised by a bike shop with my son and was more than mildly concerned over road discipline. There was me expecting a nice two abreast steady paced civilized affair and there were people all over the road paying no heed to whether anything was oncoming or waiting to pass or actually passing. Not so much a group ride as 25+ individual riders on the same road at the same time.

    Having done a couple of sportives to see what they were like my brother, son and I just go ona club run now. more or less for free.

    As ever, a sensible club run with sensible experienced leaders and participants regulates itself. Hundreds of individuals with no experience of group riding in a mass event probably do need some regulation. Maybe some of the profits could be used for police or motorbike marshalls or other security.

  • Winter tyres1 year 8 weeks agoI've a rip in my British Rail

    I've a rip in my British Rail orange jacket (not a rail employess, just like the colour, and hope blind drivers like it too) - I went down on an icy corner - 700x28c, Hutchinson Flash. Dirt cheap tyres, just not great in the winter.

  • Lance Armstrong challenged to race by Aussie triathlon star Chris McCormack1 year 8 weeks agoI'd love to see this race,

    I'd love to see this race, the sheer motivation to win from each contender would make it a spectacle indeed.

  • Lance Armstrong challenged to race by Aussie triathlon star Chris McCormack1 year 8 weeks agophiltregear wrote:LAs cancer

    philtregear wrote:
    LAs cancer was undoubtedly serious, but from diagnosis to cure was a
    matter of a few months chemo, nothing to do with willpower,

    Having been through it, I beg to differ. Willpower is VERY much needed.
    --
    Lance is jumping at the chance because he loves to compete and that's been taken away from him.

  • Just in: Cube Litening Super HPC SLT Di21 year 8 weeks agoGreat looking bike but for

    Great looking bike but for 400 quid less this gets you fully integrated Di2 battery, better wheels and no clamp on front mech attachment...
    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3288

  • Surrey council plans to lobby for laws to control sportives and even club runs1 year 8 weeks agoCan someone please ban or

    Can someone please ban or make everyone register for rush-hour twice a day? You know, that time when everyone files out of work in their cars at roughly the same time, to to race home or pick the kids up who can't possibly walk or cycle as it's too dangerous, at a great speed for no apparent reason?

  • The Transcontinental 2014 -Bike Suggestions?1 year 8 weeks agoSpesh Roubaix (or Secteur

    Spesh Roubaix (or Secteur depending on budget) disc.

  • Drunk drivers - and cyclists - targeted by Cambridgeshire police1 year 8 weeks agoDr_Lex wrote:Whilst I can

    Dr_Lex wrote:
    Whilst I can find mention of drunk cycling in the RTA 1988 here ... I'd advise anyone stopped by the PoPo to ... say and do nothing and then discuss it with the duty solicitor back at the station if arrested.

    In a way, at least with a breath test there is a pass/fail limit, an objective test of impairment.

    Being "unfit to ride through drink ... to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the cycle" is subjective and it would be your word against the police officers.

    So I'd try & be cooperative to a point, suggest pushing the bike home etc to avoid arrest.

  • Volvo to trial driverless cars on open roads within three years1 year 8 weeks agoQuote:They absolutely would

    Quote:
    They absolutely would tailgate. Autonomous cars would be able to drive within inches of each other as they'd communicate any need to brake instantly, saving a fortune in fuel on motorways and massively reducing congestion. Really, this can't happen soon enough.

    That can only happen when ALL cars are autonomous and you're in a sort of I, Robot style world.

    There is however a slightly more worrying thing about all this.
    "Driverless" cars can't have accidents, they'll see obstacles and brake etc. Imagine the fun a cyclist, pedestrian or "manual car user" could have with swerving into the path of one knowing that it'll apply the brakes.

    Obviously it's many years off yet but I can see a point where they have roads for autonomous cars only.

    Although by then I should have a hoverbike. I distinctly remember Tomorrow's World telling me I could have a hoverbike. Or a jetpack.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 8 weeks agoI think this is the last time

    I think this is the last time I will visit this web site, it has become nothing but rubbish reporting. Goodbye Road CC, and goodbye to all your advertisers too.

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 8 weeks agoPhew!!!! - I thought it was

    Phew!!!! - I thought it was just me!!!! Had my first "unforced" crash in years just the other day.

    Wrote this earlier on another post about winter tyres, but I too have "suffered" a totally unexpected fall...

    Was a massive fan of Gatorskins ... until I got dumped the other day!!

    It wasn't a particularly wet day. Damp, but with v little surface water and mostly dry. Hump backed bridge with keen right hander was a bit wet so I rode gingerly having had a backend slither on farmer's mud a little earlier, but I went down heavily - and suddenly - ripping my Asos gloves (yet again!) - thank god for Goretex repair patches!! - holing my leggings and ripping my bootee & hi viz (sorry guys, I want to live!!) over jacket.

    Odd. I've ridden Gatorskins in winter for years, but I do have to question their grip in the wet. I skinned my elbow and hip, even though I was completely covered with kit, but I'm a bit wary now of riding again in the wet, damp days of winter.

    May now look seriously at something with a bit of tread...

  • Winter tyres1 year 8 weeks agoWas a massive fan of

    Was a massive fan of Gatorskins ... until I got dumped the other day!!

    It wasn't a particularly wet day. Damp, but with v little surface water and mostly dry. Hump backed bridge with keen right hander was a bit wet so I rode gingerly having had a backend slither on farmer's mud a little earlier, but I went down heavily - and suddenly - ripping my Asos gloves (yet again!) - thank god for Goretex repair patches!! - holing my leggings and ripping my bootee & hi viz (sorry guys, I want to live!!) over jacket.

    Odd. I've ridden Gatorskins in winter for years, but I do have to question their grip in the wet. I skinned my elbow and hip, even though I was completely covered with kit, but I'm a bit wary now of riding again in the wet, damp days of winter.

    May now look seriously at something with a bit of tread...

  • Giro d'Italia director Michele Acquarone reportedly sacked by RCS1 year 8 weeks agoBunga bunga parties and a

    Bunga bunga parties and a career in politics await.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 8 weeks agoAnd how long before this kind

    And how long before this kind of report "see, cyclists are boorish even when they mostly get their own way" is used as a reason for not making improvements in this country?

  • Rose Xeon CW 44001 year 8 weeks agoPrice fixed, good spot,

    Price fixed, good spot, thanks.

  • Moon X-Power 700 front light1 year 8 weeks agoI think the reviewer has been

    I think the reviewer has been channelling Troy Queef.

  • Just in: Cube Litening Super HPC SLT Di21 year 8 weeks agoThat is lovely. Better start

    That is lovely. Better start saving.

  • Volvo to trial driverless cars on open roads within three years1 year 8 weeks agoOh yes they could amend the

    Oh yes they could amend the Vienna convention but they ain't going to. How many people make a living out of driving or piloting vehicles? They are a powerful political lobby worldwide. Then you have the manufacturers. They sel lots of new models and souped up sporty things that people buy over and over again. Most cars are not sold on safety but on driving experience. If they are all driverless then sales will inevitable go down. Then there is a whole accident repair and recovery business that would be reduced to zilch. And as I said the main issue is that of product liability. Legally a driver is responsible for an accident either by driving or by failure to maintain. Imagine if one of these cars killed someone. How would you figure out liability. Was it the OEM hardware, software, sensors, actuators, was it the software testing, or architecture? and everyones' in house legal team shifting blame for years.

    And yes this has been possible for years. I sat in a BMW at an event in Paris in 2008 and the car could drive itself. The test was a changeable road that the vehicle responded to. 2008 I also attended Safe Highways of the Future in Brussels where this stuff was already in existence http://www.safehighwaysofthefuture.com/vehicle_networks.html

    The EU has been working with industry on this since 1997 on the EUREKA Prometheus Project and it's been part of the European Framework on esafety since 2002.

    This stuff doesn't just come out of the blue and for it to work it has to use common standards for VANETS and other sensors/comms. And yes they have been able to do this for years. Volvo is part of the consortium.

    Politically the effort will go towards what is termed Vision Zero a term invented by Claes Tingvall. Using his model that widens the focus away from technology in vehicles and towards sound engineering and design of vehicles and roads as well as ethical driving as the biggest bang for a safety buck. Basically five star drivers in five star vehicles on five star roads with five star cyclists I should add is more effective than simply giving a few well off drivers a fancy black box. A lot of work has created vehicles that are pretty safe (passive safety) for their occupants. Of course that just needs standarts like NCAP and consumer purchase to achieve. Roads and training / enforcement are more expensive and long term. I am 52 and passed my test in 1979. I am also an advanced driver and former professional driver. In terms of how long these things take I can vouch that my 18 year old son who passed his test earlier this year at 17 did have a much more rigorous regime of training and test than I ever had to contemplate.

    I wouldn't hold you breath on driverless vehicles on the road. In industry and public transport you may see limited uses. I would favour the chipping of vehicles and road to vehicle or GPS sensors for speeding and other enforcement and for insurance companies to make far more use of the GPS box of tricks they use to monitor young drivers. This could be fitted to all new cars and enforced by insurance companies quite easily. Box switched off = x premium Box switched on = X-Y premium. Over time the drivers declining would be a smaller and smaller pool of expensive to insure drivers. The better drivers lower risk would be the prime business of insurance companies. Other benefits would be in disputed claims where a driver without the box switched on would be at a disadvantage in liability claims.

    In essence the best way to improve driver behaviour is to stop aggregating risk and cost and start individualising it.

  • a carbon road bike you design and make yourself?.... how hard can it be!!1 year 8 weeks agoi think you should

    i think you should *definitely* build it. then send it in for review.

  • Rose Xeon CW 44001 year 8 weeks agoI have a monolink saddle post

    I have a monolink saddle post for my Orbea Orca and it came with two pieces of metal that enabled it for a "normal" two rail saddle. Currently having a Specialized Romin saddle instead.

  • is it me or are the roads super slippy at the mo?1 year 8 weeks agoYep, totally agree. Bit of

    Yep, totally agree. Bit of rain today might clean the roads a bit. They're a nightmare at the moment.

  • Reckless riders in cycle capital Copenhagen could jeopardise plans to get more people on bikes1 year 8 weeks agoseanbolton wrote:Pull your

    seanbolton wrote:
    Pull your socks up road.cc, these articles are getting a bit tedious.

    Numbers of clicks impress the advertisers Kiss